Almost two-thirds of workers polled in Ireland by Hotels.com recently said they fail to use all their annual leave days each year for various reasons.
Sixty-two per cent have days left over by the time year end arrives and most claimed they are too busy at work to use their full holiday entitlement. Surprisingly, 52% of workers in the Hotels.com survey had at least two unused days a year, while 21% had up to five days outstanding.
But there’s a solution. One of the advantages of owning timeshare is being able to “give” your timeshare to friends or family, if you are unable to take time off, and you could also bank weeks or points to carry over into the following year.
Being unable to get away is the main reason holiday properties remain empty, particularly during the winter months. Many property buyers are turning to fractional ownership so that any unused holiday time at the property can be rented out to others through the management office, instead. One of the most popular fractions on the market is one-twelfth shares, which entitle owners to four weeks’ holidays per year.
Commenting on the survey results, Hotels.com spokeswoman Kate Hopcroft said the figures reflect the economic climate.
"The findings of this research appear to be reflective of the current economic situation, where people are working longer hours than ever before," she said.
"However, it is surprising to see that two-thirds of people are not taking their holidays especially when almost one in four people can’t carry them into the next year."
The research, in which 160 Irish workers were polled, found that 12% of workers are afraid to use their annual leave days due to pressure at work. It also showed that over half (55%) feel resentful that they do not get to take their holidays.
However, 11% of those polled said people should not use up all their holidays if things are too busy at work.
Of those surveyed, 41% were allowed to carry over unused holidays to the following year, but almost one in four (24%) were not.